Genomics of Australian reptiles and amphibians

Building on the networks and experience developed through the Oz Mammal Genomics and Genomics for Australian Plants initiatives, the purpose of this one day workshop is to help scope a possible Bioplatforms Australia investment in the genomics of Australian reptiles and amphibians.

Outcomes expected from this workshop are:
  • To refine and agree on the scope and major components of the project.
  • To agree on processes and strategy for selecting taxa for genome assembly and annotation, phylogenomics and adaptation studies, and for conservation genomics, etc.
  • To assess needs for bioinformatics support and how this might be obtained.
  • To determine who will commit to substantial engagement with this initiative, including cash or in-kind support.

Prior, or during the workshop, can participants please fill in this form.

PROGRAM (download here)


Introduction to BPA projects and expectations

Andrew Gilbert, BPA 


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Purpose and potential scope of this project

Craig Moritz, ANU


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Genome sequencing and assembly strategies: horses for courses

Arthur Georges, UC


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Bioinformatic infrastructure: The BioCommons

Jeffrey Christiansen, QCIF


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Lunch break (own lunch on campus)


Working groups Zoom ('Breakout Rooms')

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1. Core genomes as a National Resource (identifying the mouse/rats of the RA world) to deal with the most challenging operational needs (samples, bioinformatics, computer storage and access).




2. Phylogenomics and phylogeography, focusing on prospective ARC Discovery opportunity.




3. Comparative genomics and adaptation (incl. response to disease, sex determination, progressive aridity, viviparity, limb loss) focusing on prospective ARC Discovery opportunity.




4. Genomes in support of conservation and management (incl. taxonomy) including government/industry support and prospective ARC Linkage opportunity.




Afternoon tea break (provided in STB)


Working Groups present back

  • Revisit scope and overall strategy.
  • International collaborations and context.
  • Leveraging ARC proposals – existing or planned.
  • Institutional partners & potential contributions.
  • Project personnel and management.


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Workshop close


Drinks & dinner at University House (optional, not provided by workshop. All welcome)


Venue (download map here)

The workshop will be held at ANU in the Sciences Teaching Building, Building 136, Linnaeus Way, Room S2 (top floor).

Lunch can be purchased at nearby Kambri (ANU Union) and we will provide afternoon tea.

For those who are available, we will continue discussions after the workshop over drinks and dinner at Fellows Bar & Cafe, University House.

Information on parking at ANU can be found here. The closest carparks to the Sciences Teaching Building are Sullivans Creek carpark (Pay As You Go) and Union Court carpark (Ticket - coins and EFTPOS)

Guest Wi-Fi

  • Network: ANU Secure
  • Username: ANUVisitor
  • Password: festivus1219